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What You Shouldn’t Say While Negotiating Salary

sts, interviews, short listing, and what not. You are tired, annoyed and a bit low in the esteem area. When you finally feel lucky enough to receive the offer, you just want the job, no matter what they offer. You win because you’re in. Right?
This is the most common salary negotiation mistake people make. Other than writing up and showing off a fabulous resume and preparing for a great interview, one also needs to prepare for the questions that come AFTER they have been accepted by their prospective employer and have secured the job.
One of the tactics applicants should have in mind before or during the application process is what salary they are expecting and how to handle the salary negotiation process. There are several mistakes people often make, which they should avoid to secure a better pay.

Not Doing Your Research

It would be a good idea to conduct research on what the company offers for that particular post to ex-employees so you know what to expect. However, it may vary due to other aspects such as qualification, experience, etc. Regardless, you will still be able to get a rough idea of the range. Based on that, you can plan your counteroffer and what to say when they ask. If you don’t know anyone personally in the organization, just perform a little web search and you are bound to find it somewhere, if not on websites such as

Not Knowing the Right Time to Open Up

Jumping into salary negotiation talks before the topic even pops up would be a bad idea. It gives the impression that you’re in for the money, which your prospective employer will NOT like (whether it be the case or not). Employers prefer hiring worthy candidates who are genuinely interested in doing the work that is required, rather than someone who’s in for the money. So be patient, and wait for the right time to negotiate your salary. You are now warned!

Settling for too Low

As mentioned earlier, don’t just think “I win because I’m in.” It may be that the employer is not offering you something that represents your true value or that matches the job description. Or, maybe he is simply waiting for you to demand a counter offer, for which he is prepared and has set a lower offer. Either way, settling for a low pay will only lead you to frustration and possible financial constraints. Having a good pay history is also an advantage in case a future employer demands a salary history (which some employers do).

Being Too Focused on the Salary

For some organizations, such as government agencies, salary is not the only reward for employees. Some applicants make the mistake of being too focused on the salary and rejecting an offer without considering the bonuses, benefits, or other rewarding perks the company offers. For example, a company that offers a medium salary with a paid health insurance and vehicle fuel benefit may prove more fruitful and profitable than another company which offers a high salary with no benefits.
Needless to say, money isn’t everything. The most successful and well paid workers in the market are always the ones who pick the right job according to their skills and talents and who are very passionate about their jobs.
Nevertheless, researching and being prepared for the topic of salary will prove worthy of your time when the question pops up. It will help you avoid confusion and the frustration you will likely to experience in the future.
Anais John is a passionate education (and career) consultant currently working at a renown essay writing service. When not working, she prefers to hang around with her friends and family.

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